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Lisa Larson Flygplan

Amongst Sweden’s better known exports are Abba, Volvo and Ikea… and then there’s Lisa Larson, a ceramicist and designer.

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Some of her better known mid-century sculptures include Small Zoo (1955), ABC-girls (1958), Africa (1964) and Children of the World (1974–75). We based this craft activity on Flygplan (Airplane) from the 70s.

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DIY Flygplan with cardboard & watercolours

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Blinky Bill

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Penned by Dorothy Wall in the early 1930’s, Blinky Bill is a cheeky fictional koala.

 Not content to doze and munch on gum leaves all day long, he lugs about a tucker bag and slingshot and gets up to all manner of mischief…

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Yoram Gross & Blinky Bill

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This is my watercolour Blinky Bill

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He’s a little geriatric looking, possibly pondering the ‘when I was a young koala….’

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Raining Cats and Dogs

Back in the day when ‘forsooth’ and ‘uncouth’ were in common use, cats and dogs sought warmth and shelter in the thatched roofs of village folk. When the heavens opened, the downpour would flush out the four legged from their comfy hidey holes, and thus was borne the saying ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’. This is one of the many theories of the origins of this phrase.

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It’s raining cats & dogs in water colour pencils

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Chrissy Lau inspired coat hangers

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein

Well Chrissy Lau is one clever clogs. Leaving England for sunny Sydney, this lady has a law degree and is a self-taught artist. This is a mural she created around the theme of change.

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 Her illustrations are intricate and pretty.

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 I saw a few of these by Chrissy Lau at the local shops recently…

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and thought to make something similar with water colour paints for our hangers at home!

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Animal Print Paper Flowers

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From cavemen to cougars, animal prints have been worn by many. Some wear it well…

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 others not so much…

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Many a four legged beast were thankful the world over, when in 1947 Dior turned from fur to animal print.  From Gucci to Givenchy, many designers followed.

When browsing for animal print patterns to make paper decorations with, found much of the usual safari palette… giraffe, leopard, zebra, until I stumbled across these Ashley Goldberg prints.

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 My attempts at these fine prints using watercolours.

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Making Paper Lanterns using Ashley Goldberg inspired prints.

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Animal print & crepe paper flowers

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Jungle Paintings

Henri Rousseau painted more than 25 jungle themed paintings. He painted ‘The Dream’ in 1910. Jadwigha, his Polish mistress from his youth is reclining nude on a velvet sofa in the middle of the jungle.

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Critics were confused by this. So Rousseau wrote a poem to accompany the work… for clarification.

Yadwigha in a beautiful dream
Having fallen gently to sleep
Heard the sounds of a reed instrument   
Played by a well-intentioned [snake] charmer.
As the moon reflected
On the rivers [or flowers], the verdant trees,
The wild snakes lend an ear
To the joyous tunes of the instrument.

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Paula Lehtonen, Jungle 1 – 4

This year, daughter is having a Jungle themed birthday party, so am spending spare moments during baby’s naps and late at night to paint party props. Jungle themed party props in the making…

monkeys

toucans

spraying pink paint on jungle caterpillars

Dali showed up about 20 years after Rousseau.

Melting clocks, body parts and innards scattered over landscapes… no wonder he blew their minds!

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Dali, 1969